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Camp S D Butler

Newcomers’ Information Booklet

http://www.mccsokinawa.com

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ISCLAIMER

Presentation of direct or indirect links to products, services or vendors does not constitute

endorsement by the Department of Defense. We have provided links to these sites because they have information that may be of interest to our users. These links are presented for informational purposes only.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Disclaimer ... 1

Table of Contents ... 2

Must Know Items ... 5

Category: Location ... 6

Installation :: Overview ... 6

Installation :: Welcome Letter ... 8

Installation :: Directions ... 9

Installation :: Check-in Procedures ... 10

Installation :: Base Transportation ... 13

Installation :: Vehicle Regulations ... 14

Installation :: Major Unit Listings ... 17

Installation :: Personnel Locator ... 21

Installation :: Satellite Locations ... 22

Installation :: Activities ... 22

Installation :: Shopping/Food ... 26

Installation :: NEED TO KNOW ITEMS ... 27

Local Community :: Weather ... 34

Local Community :: Time Zone ... 35

Local Community :: Nearby Towns ... 35

Local Community :: Nearby Installations ... 37

Local Community :: Transportation ... 37

Local Community :: Motor Vehicles ... 38

Local Community :: Activities ... 39

Local Community :: Shopping/Food ... 41

Local Community :: Okinawa History ... 44

Category: Housing ... 45

Installation :: Temporary Lodging ... 45

Installation :: Housing ...

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Installation :: Loan Closet ... 50

Installation :: Government Furniture Support

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Local Community :: Housing Allowances ... 52

Local Community :: Temporary Lodging ... 52

Local Community :: Rent ... 53

Local Community :: Buy ... 54

Local Community :: Mobile Homes ... 54

Local Community :: Utilities ... 54

Category: Household Goods ... 55

Installation :: Arranging Shipments ... 56

Installation :: Unaccompanied Baggage ... 56

Installation :: Personal Property ... 57

Installation :: POV Shipments ... 57

Installation :: Pets ... 58

Installation :: Claims ... 60

Local Community :: Truck Rental ... 60

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Local Community :: Customs ... 61

Category: Education Overview ... 62

Installation :: DoDDS School ... 65

Installation :: College ... 67

Installation :: Adult Education ... 67

Installation :: Special Education/EIS ... 68

Local Community :: Pre-School ... 70

Local Community :: Elementary/Middle/High School ... 70

Local Community :: College/Adult Education ... 70

Local Community :: Special Education/EIS ... 70

Category: Employment ... 70

Installation :: Overview ... 71

Installation :: Spouse Assistance ... 71

Installation :: Federal Government ... 72

Installation :: DoD Contractors ... 72

Installation :: Temporary ... 72

Installation :: Volunteer ... 72

Local Community :: Employment Resources/Full/Part/Temporary ... 73

Local Community :: Volunteer ... 73

Category: Health & Wellness ... 73

Installation :: Overview ... 73

Installation :: Medical ... 73

Installation :: Dental ... 76

Installation :: Veterinary Services ... 79

Installation :: Healthy Parenting ... 82

Installation :: Special Needs/EFM Issues ... 82

Installation :: Social Services ... 83

Local Community :: Hospitals/Clinics ... 84

Local Community :: Veterinary Services ... 84

Local Community :: Health Benefits/TRICARE ... 84

Local Community :: Special Needs/EFM Issues ... 84

Local Community :: Social Services/Elder Care ... 84

Category: Family Issues ... 85

Installation :: Overview ... 85

Installation :: Relocation Assistance ... 87

Installation :: Child Development ... 89

Installation :: Youth Services ... 91

Installation :: Family Advocacy ... 93

Installation :: Financial Assistance ... 93

Installation :: Deployment ... 94

Installation :: Legal Assistance ... 95

Installation :: Emergency Assistance ... 96

Local Community :: Child Care ... 97

Local Community :: Youth Services ... 97

Local Community :: Child Protective Services/Domestic Violence ... 97

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Local Community :: Emergency Assistance ... 97

Directory Listing of Contacts/Links for Topics in this Booklet ... 98

Listing of Web Links for Topics in this Booklet ... 131

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MUST KNOW ITEMS

Home Page

Marine Corps Base Camp S. D. Butler

URL: http:// http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbbutler/Pages/default.aspx URL: http://www.mccsokinawa.com

Mailing Address

Mailing Address

Marine & Family Programs - Resources, MCCS MCB CAMP BUTLER UNIT 35023

FPO, AP 96373-5023

Relocation Assistant Program

Marine & Family Programs - Resources, MCCS, Bldg. 445

MCB CAMP BUTLER UNIT 35023 FPO, AP 96373-5023 Phone/Fax/DSN Phone: 011-81-611-745-8395 Fax: 011-81-611-745-7229 DSN: 315-645-8395 URL/Email Addresses Email: reloassist@okinawa.usmc-mccs.org URL: http://www.mccsokinawa.com

Street Address

Stillwill Drive

Marine & Family Programs - Resources, MCCS, Bldg. 445 MCB CAMP BUTLER

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Yokoso Okinawa e

(Welcome to Okinawa)

OKINAWA Keystone of the Pacific LOCATION

Welcome to MCB Camp S. D. Butler located 300 miles due south of mainland Japan on the island of Okinawa.

Perhaps the most unique characteristic about Okinawa is that unlike most duty stations, MCB Camp Butler is physically separated throughout the island into a number of different camps. Military members stationed in Japan receive a cost of living allowance (COLA) that helps make up for the falling dollar.

HISTORY

Marine Corps Bases, Japan, the senior Okinawa Marine Corps command, controls all Marine installations on Okinawa and mainland Japan, to include Camp Fuji and Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni.

Marine Corps Base Camp Butler's history began in 1955, when it was located at Camp Tengan near Camp Courtney. Today, the Camp Butler headquarters is located at Building 1, Camp Butler.

Most Marines stationed here belong to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, III MEF, headquartered at Camp Courtney. The III MEF activated during World War II (1942), where it fought as the Marine Amphibious Force. It carried this name through Vietnam, after which it re-settled in Okinawa in 1971.

MISSION

Major Command

 Marine Corps Base

 III Marine Expeditionary Force o 1st Marine Aircraft Wing o 3d Marine Division

o 3d Marine Logistics Group  MCAS Futenma

 Fleet Activities (Okinawa)  Naval Hospital

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 Mobile Construction Battalion (Sea Bees)

A Marine Air Ground Task Force is an interwoven, combined and balanced airborne and ground force, completely supported by its own combat service support element. The commanding general of each Fleet Marine Force can organize a MAGTF into various spheres of responsibility as the assigned mission dictates. A MAGTF can be quickly deployed by amphibious assault shipping, aircraft, maritime pre-positioning force ships and military sealift command ships.

POPULATION SERVED

Approximate Population Served

Active Duty Navy/Marine Families Civilians Retirees

17117 9741 4415 1000

SPONSORSHIP

To request a sponsor you need to fill in the sponsorship request form from (MCO 1320.11E for Marines) or (Navpers 1330/2 for Navy). The request should be submitted to your administrative section. All forms and information may be found at the MCCS Okinawa web page under Welcome Aboard Package "HOT" Relocation Information (Marine & Navy Sponsorship Information) or on your Welcome Aboard CD-ROM.

Arrival information visit Location, Installation, Directions. Visit Location, Installation, Major Unit Listings for unit OD phone numbers.

TEMPORARY QUARTERS

Upon arriving on Okinawa, your sponsor should arrange for you to stay at one of the many government approved TLA facilities until you have found suitable housing for your family. TLA is contingent upon:

Marines must utilize a government TLA facility, i.e., WestPac, Courtney, or Hansen Lodge, unless an endorsement is obtained stating that the facility closest to their place of work is not available for occupancy.

Upon arrival, Navy personnel should check with their personnel support detachment for current guidelines.

For a thorough information on Temporary Quarters visit Housing Installation Temporary Lodging. RELOCATION ASSISTANCE

The Relocation Assistance Center provides assistance to all service members and their families who are relocating from one duty station to another. (011-81-611-745-8395) The range is quite substantial:

 Pre-Departure Planning Determining Needs and Priorities  Destination Information (Sample Welcome Aboard Packages)

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 Sponsorship Assistance and Training  Automated Road Atlas

 Resource Library, to include videos on Marine Corps installations Relocation Packages  Relocation Workshops

o Newcomers' Orientations o Smooth Move Workshop o Sponsorship Training  Cultural Adaptation Programs  Loan Closet

Note: NEWCOMERS' ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY IN ACCORDANCE WITH

MARCORBASESJAPANO P11240.1C AND 1754.1D. ATTENDANCE MUST BE CONFIRMED PRIOR TO MCB SAFETY OFFICE ISSUANCE OF POV DRIVER'S LICENSE.

Be Prepared

A good way to start preparing yourself and your family for the moving experience is to visit your Family/Marine & Family Programs - Resources. Information about the new location may be obtained by checking out a Welcome Aboard Package or video.

For a thorough information on Relocation Assistance visit Family Issues Relocation Assistance. CRITICAL INSTALLATION INFORMATION

PCSing to Okinawa important information is listed below and where to find the information.

Information Visit

Calling Okinawa Location , Installation, Need to Know Items Calling Camp

Fuji Location , Installation, Need to Know Items Postal Location , Installation, Need to Know Items Passport and

Visa Location , Installation, Need to Know Items

Pets Housing, Overview and Household Goods, Installation, Pets

Money Family Issues, Installation, Financial Assistance and Location , Installation, Need to Know Items

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COMMAND WELCOME ABOARD LETTER Dear Newcomer

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exceptional group that performs its mission with skill and has great pride in its

accomplishments. We look forward to working with you, and I am confident you will become a valuable member of (our command).

If you are accompanied, I encourage you and your family member to join the many installation and community activities available to you.

I assure you that I consider the safety and well being of our Marines/Sailors and their families to be of our uDMOst importance. If you should need help or advice during the relocation process, contact your sponsor or the nearest Marine & Family Programs - Resources.

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Arrival Okinawa

Arrival Through Kadena Air Base

When you arrive at the Kadena AMC terminal, you will go to the Customs & Immigration area. While you are having your baggage and passports checked, an AMC terminal greeter will match your name with your sponsor name and inform you if your sponsor is waiting for you outside the Customs & Immigration area.

Also available outside this area is an information counter and phones for your use. If your sponsor is not waiting, ask an AMC terminal greeter or the information counter personnel how to call your new command or your sponsor.

All single/unaccompanied personnel E-5 and below will board a bus, which will take you to the Joint Reception Center (JRC). You will be billeted there for the evening. The next day, you will complete the orientation course. At the completion of the orientation, your command will pick you up and complete the remainder of your checking in over the next ten days.

All single/unaccompanied personnel E-6 and above PLUS all accompanied personnel will clear Customs and Immigrations on Kadena Air Base. Your sponsor or command will pick you up there and complete the remainder of your checking in over the next ten days.

Arrival Through Naha Airport

If you arrive through Naha Domestic Airport, as soon as you exit the baggage area, a Joint Reception Center (JRC) representative or your sponsor should be waiting for you. If no one is waiting, there is an Information Counter with airport representatives available to assist you. Behind the Information Counter there is a free phone you can use to call the new command or your sponsor.

You can purchase Yen at the bank of the Ryukyus, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. closed Saturday, Sunday and Japanese holidays.

Next to the bank there is an ATM open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week.

After hours and on Japanese holidays you can purchase up to 5,000 Yen at the Information Counter.

A taxi is available right outside the baggage area for transportation to all military installation. Be sure to use the one at the end of the line. The cost for a taxi to the Kadena/Foster area range between 5,000 - 8,000

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Arrival Camp Fuji

Camp Fuji is located at the base of Mount Fuji, approximately 2250 feet above sea level. Camp Fuji is only 96 km from Tokyo, a city of 12 million.

Arrival Through Narita International Airport

If you fly into Narita International Airport, and need to contact Camp Fuji, assistance can be provided by the Japanese Civilian/Military Liaison.

The Japanese Civilian/Military Liaison is located at the Northwest Airline counter on the first deck. There is a telephone available. Just pick up the receiver and ask the operator to connect you with Camp Fuji.

DSN: 224-8475/8575 (Camp Fuji CDO), or DSN: 224-8332/8334 (S-1).

Commercial telephone number for Camp Fuji is 011-81-550-89-6102/6104 (ask the Camp Fuji operator for ext. 475/575 (CDO), or ext. 332/334 (S-1)).

Once connected with Camp Fuji, ask to speak with the S-1 during normal working hours or the Command Duty Officer for after working hours.

If you need to wait for your ride, there is a USO lounge located on the second deck of Narita Airport.

Arrival Through Yokota Air Force Base

If you fly into Yokota Air Force Base, contact the Navy/Marine ATCO office in the terminal for assistance in getting transportation to Camp Fuji.

If a vehicle is not waiting for you or the Navy/Marine ATCO is closed, use the free DSN lines in the terminal to contact the Camp Fuji CDO at 224-8475 or 8575.

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Note: "If you get married before you PCS, you MUST inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as you are given. Your family members will need an Area Clearance. The military WILL NOT PAY for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow proper procedures."

BEFORE YOU MOVE Relocation Planning

Visit your Personal/Family Services Center at your current installation to receive individual relocation planning in preparation for move. Relocation programs and services are available to help prepare individuals for moves. Smooth Move workshops cover relocation counseling, sponsorship, financial entitlements, household goods shipments, unaccompanied baggage, self-moves, inventory of goods, weight allowances, pets, insurance, necessary records, family housing and TRICARE portability.

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Sponsorship

The most important person to you during your move is your SPONSOR. To request a sponsor you need to fill in the sponsorship request form from (MCO 1320.11E for Marines) or (Navpers 1330/2 for Navy). The request should be submitted to your administrative section at your losing base. All forms and information may be found at the MCCS Okinawa web page under New to Okinawa, Welcome Aboard Package "HOT" Relocation Information (Marine & Navy Sponsorship Information) or on your Welcome Aboard CD-ROM. Your sponsor will be instrumental in making your arrangements, answering your questions and meeting you personally.

Special Needs

If a family member has special medical/education needs, they must be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Also, check immunizations for each family member.

Household Goods Shipment

Contact the Traffic Management Office (DMO) to set up shipment of your household goods. DMO will cover shipment and storage of household goods, unaccompanied baggage, Privately Owned Vehicles, pet shipment, firearms and self-moves and set up your shipment dates.

Lodging Reservations

Reservations for Temporary Lodging Facilities (TLF's) can be made by telephone as soon as you receive your orders. For further information, contact WestPac lodging office at 011-81-611-745-2455 or DSN 646-011-81-611-745-2455. The military WILL NOT PAY for Lodging if you not have an

an Area Clearance for your family.

There are NO PETS (Dogs & Cats) ALLOWED in any of the on base military lodging facilities, so personnel will be required to obtain lodging on the local economy. A statement of non-availability will not be provided for due to pets.

Personnel accompanied by dependents must be prepared to pay $2250 to $4,500 for temporary lodging and subsistence for the initial 15-day period. Personnel are eligible for TLA to offset costs until private or government quarters are obtained. (TLA is paid based on the number of days temporary lodging is required and will be reimbursed in 15-day increments. Personnel assigned to Okinawa will not normally be authorized more than 30 days of TLA.

There is no TLA entitlement for service members on an unaccompanied tour, unless the MCB Camp Butler Billeting office has issued a statement of non-availability or inadequate single type quarters available for occupancy.

Advance Housing Applications

If you have dependents and want to apply for base housing, you may complete a housing application at your current installation to be forwarded to Kadena Housing Office. Once the Kadena Housing Office receives the DD Form 1746, they assign the Advance Application Date for the waiting list based on the first day of the month prior to the month arrived from CONUS. An enlisted room assignment on base is made after your arrival.

Financial Entitlements

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They will brief you on your authorized PCS financial entitlements to include BAS, BAH, Direct Deposit, Advance Pay, Per Diem, Mileage, Dislocation Allowance, and Temporary Lodging Expense. It is important to keep all receipts for filing your travel voucher upon arrival. Power of Attorney

Contact the legal office to obtain Power of Attorney, if necessary. DEERS Enrollment

If newly married and/or have first child ensure family members are enrolled in DEERS. Inventory

Prepare a general inventory by room, closet, attic, garage, etc., of all household and personnel possessions for your own use and so that you will be able to make an accurate estimate of their value for insurance purposes. Obtain a written appraisal for valuable items such as antiques, jewelry, paintings, etc.

Remember

Notify utilities and home services of disconnect dates; have vehicles serviced; make travel arrangements; obtain copies of civilian medical records dental records and school records. Items to Hand-carry:

 At LEAST 10 copies of your orders  Birth Certificates (or certified copy)  Marriage Certificate

 Copy of advance travel pay or allowances paperwork

 All moving paperwork including: inventory, DMO information, Self-Procured Move paperwork, and all receipts associated with moving

 Employment records or resume of civilian family members

 Medical/dental records from your previous duty station - entire family  Immunization records for all children and all active-duty members  School records/transcripts for children and adults

 Pet medical and immunization records TRAVEL PLANNING

Make temporary lodging reservations early. Keep all receipts for food, gas, lodging, pet expenses while in transit.

Contact the Traffic Management Office and Finance to determine entitlements based on exact situation. The Joint Travel Regulation is the governing source on travel and relocation

entitlements.

REPORTING PROCEDURES Okinawa, Japan

All single/unaccompanied personnel E-5 and below will board a bus, which will take you to the Joint Reception Center (JRC). You will be billeted there for the evening. The next day, you will complete the orientation course. At the completion of the orientation, your command will pick you

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up and complete the remainder of your checking in over the next ten days.

All single/unaccompanied personnel E-6 and above PLUS all accompanied personnel will be assisted by your sponsor with billeting and checking into your command.

Camp Fuji

all incoming military members arriving during duty hours should report to their command. If you arrive after hours, check-in with the command Officer of the Day.

AFTER YOU ARRIVE

Your sponsor should arrange to meet you upon arrival. If not, contact your sponsor upon arrival. Traffic Management Office Inbound Personal Property

Notify the inbound section of DMO upon your arrival immediately. Prompt notification is necessary to avoid unnecessary storage and extra handling.

Temporary Household Goods Items

Newly arriving members and families should be aware that the Marine & Family Programs - Resources Lending Closet is especially designed to make transition into the community easier. The Marine & Family Programs - Resources Lending closet provides essential items primarily for the relocating family while they are awaiting arrival of their household goods. Items include: pots, pans, dishes, silverware, irons, coffee pots, ironing boards, high chairs, and infant car

seats. Most of these items may be checked out for a period of 60 days. Please bring a copy of your PCS orders and ID card.

Housing

Check-in with the Kadena Housing Office for information on permanent housing. You will need your Orders and Area Clearance.

Claims

Contact the Traffic Management Office claims section to file a claim if you have damage to your household goods shipment. You have 70 days within the delivery of your household goods shipment to file a claim. DO NOT LET THE 70 DAY PERIOD SLIP AWAY.

SEPARATION PROCEDURES

If you are transitioning from the military, each installation has a Transition Assistance Program to equip separating and retiring military and civilian personnel and their families with skills and knowledge for reentry into the private sector. Emphasis is placed on transition preparation rather than job placement.

More information on before you arrive, reporting procedures, travel planning and separation procedures, visit Contacts/Links.

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The requirements of vehicle ownership and operation on Okinawa are substantially different from what you may be accustomed to. Shipping any U.S. made vehicle to Japan is discouraged. The

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current Japanese embargo law prohibits any U.S. made vehicle; 1976 or newer, from entering the country.

Motorcycle is prohibited from importation to Okinawa due to no brake and emission testing facilities and will not be shipped through the government.

A warning to car owners - the salty air climate on Okinawa is extremely corrosive to

metal. Therefore, rust can become a big problem. Proper care and maintenance can prevent some rust problems.

There are quite a few expenses involved with owning a vehicle on Okinawa. First, there is the purchase of the vehicle. The prices of used cars on the island are much lower than you would expect to pay in the U.S., with a good car averaging between $2,500 and $6,000, depending on the make and year of the car. You don't see too many military people driving new cars, because the used cars are so dependable and inexpensive. New cars on the island are as expensive, if not more expensive, than in the U.S.

The real financial crunch comes when the inspections are due. Military members must have their vehicles undergo a Japanese inspection every two years. The Japanese inspection and the repairs made will cost an average of $400 to $600. Additional costs include two types of

insurance (American and Japanese) which average about $350-400 per year and an annual road tax. The road tax ranges from $70 for small cars to $250 for larger ones.

GETTING AROUND

While many opt for private vehicles, they're not necessarily the best form of transportation to use during your tour here. Even if you do already have your mind set, you should know something about the public transportation options you can use, such as shuttle services, on-base and off-base taxis and island wide buses.

SHUTTLE BUS

An inter-camp shuttle (Green Line) service picks up and drops off people between the different camps on the island, according to a set schedule. It is much like a city bus system, except it is free. This shuttle provides transportation as far north as Camp Schwab or as far south as Camp Kinser. If a particular ride is nearing capacity, those wearing a uniform are given priority.

TAXIS

If you don't want to wait for a bus ride home, or you're not interested in driving your own vehicle, taxis are another source of reliable public transportation. Although significantly more expensive than a bus ride, one advantage taxis have over buses, is that most will accept Japanese and American currency. They usually carry a currency exchange rate chart with them, so it's not necessary to know Japanese, and you can always look at the chart yourself if you want to confirm the fare charge.

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Joint Services Vehicle Registration Office (JSVRO)

The term "vehicle" includes motorcycles, automobiles, trailers and vans.

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Vehicle Registration Office. Vehicles are registered under the sponsor's name and there is a limit to the number of autos registered at one time.

There are quite a few expenses involved with owning a vehicle on Okinawa. First, there is the purchase of the vehicle. The prices of used cars on the island are much lower than you would expect to pay in the U.S., with a good car averaging between $2,500 - $6,000, depending on the make and year of the car.

You don't see too many military people driving new cars, because the used cars are so dependable and inexpensive. New cars on the island are as expensive, if not more expensive, than in the U.S.

The real financial crunch comes when the inspections are due. Military members must have their vehicles undergo a Japanese inspection every two years. The Japanese inspection and the repairs made will cost an average of $400 to $600. Additional costs include two types of insurance (American and Japanese) which average about $350 - 400 per year and an annual road tax. The road tax ranges from $75 for small cars to $250 for larger ones.

DRIVING ON OKINAWA

Okinawa definitely offers a distinct driving experience. Unlike the United States, people drive on the left side of the road, which requires some getting used to. The slow lane is on the left, and the fast lane is on the right, although there usually isn't a significant difference between either. All speed limits are marked in kilometers per hour and, except for the Okinawa Expressway, there is no authorized speed zone beyond 60 kilometers per hour, or about 37 mph. In addition, all traffic signs here conform to international standards.

Many roads are much narrower than standard American roads, traffic congestion is more the rule than the exception, and coral dust-laden roads can get slick fast after it rains. Needless to say, careful, defensive driving is an absolute necessity.

Drinking and driving and illegal drugs are dealt with very severely by both Japanese and Military authorities.

Seatbelts must be worn at all times while driving on and off base. Department of Transportation approved car seats are required for children under 40 lbs. and/or 4 yr. old. Children under 80 lbs. and/or 8 yrs of age which have out grown a car seat should be placed in an appropriate booster seat.

Vehicle Checks Japanese police perform periodic vehicle and driver inspections to ensure the vehicle conforms to safety standards and the driver is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Accidents Under Japanese law, all licensed drivers are professional drivers and, in the event of an accident that causes personal injury to another, they could be considered professionally negligent. Maximum penalties for professional negligence include up to five years imprisonment, a fine of 500,000 yen or both.

If you're uninsured for damage to property, injury or death, the damage from a traffic accident exceeds your insurance limits, or you're involved in a minor criminal offense, such as petty larceny, you should try to settle the incident with the other parties involved. If they agree with the settlement, usually the Japanese police or District Prosecutor will drop the charges, or at least recommend a very lenient sentence.

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In order for active duty personnel, civilian or family member to drive on Okinawa or mainland Japan, you must obtain a valid USFJ-4A, US Forces Japan Operator's permit.

All active duty personnel under the age of 26 will be required to attend an accredited Drivers Improvement Course (DIC).

Sergeants and corporals must wait 30-days and lance corporals and below will have to wait 60-days before they can apply for a license to operate privately owned vehicles.

Permission for the license must come from the individual's battalion or squadron commander. Battalion or squadron commanders may make exceptions to the requirements for special circumstances, such as personnel with dependents on Okinawa or those attending off-duty education night classes at another base than assigned.

Active duty military E-5 and below must present to the licensing examiner an application Form USFJ-4A signed by their Battalion/Squadron Commander.

Applicants will present to the licensing examiner an application Form USFJ-4A E-6 and above may sign their own request.

Active duty military and civilian must have a valid Identification card and a valid operator's permit from a state.

Family Members - Sponsor must be present to sign application Form USFJ-4A. Family members must provide one of the following documents to verify SOFA status:

 Area Clearance  sponsor's PCS Orders  Passport

LEARNER'S PERMITS

 Learner's Permits will be issued to personnel who do not possess a valid state license.  Applicant has to over 16 years old.

 Learner's Permits are only valid when accompanied by a licensed driver and only on base.

 Permit is valid for Ninety days

ALL APPLICANTS MUST ATTEND A DRIVERS IMPROVEMENT COURSE (DIC) ON OKINAWA BEFORE APPLYING FOR PERMIT.

 Proof of DIC

 Sponsor must be present to sign application. If active duty, Bn/Sqdn Co must sign application.

 Parent, Guardian or sponsor must sign acknowledgment of responsibility letter.  Applicant must pass an Eye test.

* Train by Parent, Guardian or Command (if applicant is active duty)

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MARCORBASESJAPANO P11240.1C AND 1754.1D. ATTENDANCE MUST BE CONFIRMED PRIOR TO MCB SAFETY OFFICE ISSUANCE OF POV DRIVER'S LICENSE.

License testing can be completed prior to attending the brief; but will not be issued until the day of Newcomer’s. License testing will also be offered after the brief at 1400 in the same building.

VIEW OR PRINT THE DRIVER MANUAL - SEE THE LINK IN CONTACTS FOR VEHICLE REGULATION OR OBTAIN A COPY OF THE WELCOME ABOARD CD.

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Major Command

 Marine Corps Base

 III Marine Expeditionary Force o 1st Marine Aircraft Wing o 3d Marine Division

o 3d Marine Logistics Group  MCAS Futenma

 Fleet Activities (Okinawa)  Naval Hospital

 Naval Dental Center

 Mobile Construction Battalion (Sea Bees) Mission

A Marine Air Ground Task Force is an interwoven, combined and balanced airborne and ground force, completely supported by its own combat service support element. The commanding general of each Fleet Marine Force can organize a MAGTF into various spheres of responsibility as the assigned mission dictates. A MAGTF can be quickly deployed by amphibious assault shipping, aircraft, maritime pre-positioning force ships and military sealift command

ships. Although variances in the mission and forces assigned to a MAGTF make each one unique to some degree, all MAGTFs train and fight from the same standard approaches to organization, planning and operations.

Four main elements comprise the MAGTF: 1. command element

2. air combat element 3. ground combat element

4. combat service support element History

Most Marines stationed here belong to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, III MEF, headquartered at Camp Courtney. The III MEF activated during World War II (1942), where it fought as the Marine Amphibious Force. It carried this name through Vietnam, after which it re-settled in Okinawa in 1971.

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Within the III MEF's four major elements and several major subordinate commands.

III MEF Major Subordinate Commands Major Subordinate Commands

3d Marine Division 1st Marine Aircraft Wing 3d Marine Logistics Group 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Hq & SVC BN, III MEF

Marine Corps Bases, Japan, the senior Okinawa Marine Corps command, controls all Marine installations on Okinawa and mainland Japan, to include Camp Fuji and Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni.

Marine Corps Base Camp Butler's history began in 1955, when it was located at Camp Tengan near Camp Courtney. Today, the Camp Butler headquarters is located at Building 1, Camp Butler.

Camp Fuji was turned over to the Marine Corps from the U.S. Army in 1953. The Camp's mission is to provide garrison facilities, administrative, communications, and logistical support to U.S. Forces that deploy there for training.

Camp Fuji is located at the base of Mount Fuji, Japan, approximately 2250 feet above sea level. The 3d Marine Division is one of four main elements in the III MEF. Established on Sept. 16, 1942 at San Diego, this unit was immediately plunged into several famous WW-II campaigns including Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. The Division also saw five years of combat in Vietnam. The 3d Marine Division returned to Okinawa in 1969.

The 3d Marine Division's primary mission requires execution of amphibious assault operations, among many other such operation. Two infantry regiments make up the division.

Infantry Regiment

Regiment Location

4th Marines Camp Schwab

3d Marines Hawaii

1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st MAW. Ground forces don't get far without a safe blanket of air power protecting them. The III MEF's Air Combat Element, ACE, is the 1st Marine Aircraft

Wing. Originally commissioned July 7, 1941, the first MAW has performed critical operational support roles in the New Guinea area, on Peleliu and in the Philippines. The MAW also saw fierce action during the Korean and Vietnamese Conflict.

The 3d Marine Logistics Group was activated on May 1, 1958. Under the auspices of the 3d Marine Division's force service regiment, the group saw battle in Vietnam in both 1965 and 1966.

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The 3d MLG consists of six distinct battalions.

The HQ & SVC BN has been on island since its activation in June 1955. The Camp Hansen based unit was created from a combination of several other complimentary elements previously a part of III MEF.

Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma began in 1945 as a bomber base. Construction of hangars and barracks began in 1958. The airfield was commissioned as a "Marine Corps Air Facility" in 1960 and became an Air Station in 1976.

Located within Ginowan City, Okinawa, the Air Station is home to approximately 3,000 Marines and Sailors. It is capable of supporting most aircraft and serves as the base for Marine Aircraft Group 36 and Marine Air Control Group 18.

The Air Station provides support for the III Marine Expeditionary Force and for Marine Corps Base, Camp Butler. Since 15 January 1969 MCAS Futenma serves as a United Nations air facility and a surrogate base for Air Force and Naval aircraft operating in the vicinity of Okinawa. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 31st MEU, was activated in September 1992. The 31st MEU performs several tasks on Okinawa. Among them: it works as a contingent of the US Pacific forward deployed presence, conducts amphibious operations of limited duration, acts as an advanced force for a follow-on larger Marine Air-Ground Task Force and provides an immediate response capability across a wide spectrum of crisis/contingencies by conducting maritime-oriented missions.

For a thorough history of the commands visit the commands web page.

Marine Corps & Navy Major Command Officer of the Day

Unit Name Command Description Phone #

III MEF Command Duty Officer 622-7571 MCB / Wing Command Duty Officer 645-2644\7218

3rd MLG Command Duty Officer 090-6861-4582 3rd Mar Div Command Duty Officer 622-9755

Camp Duty

Camp Foster Camp Duty Officer 645-7315 Camp Hansen Camp Duty Officer 623-7355 MCAS Futenma Camp Duty Officer 636-3100 Camp Kinser Camp Duty Officer 637-2505 Camp Courtney Camp Duty Officer 622-9609 Camp Schwab Camp Duty Officer 625-2600

Unit Name Command Description Phone #

H&S Bn MCB Officer of the Day 645-7315

Unit Name Command Description Phone #

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31st BLT III MEF Officer of the Day 623-4530

CLB 31 III MEF Officer of the Day 623-3130

3rd Intel Bn III MEF Officer of the Day 090-6861-4460

7th Comm Bn III MEF Officer of the Day 623-4184

Unit Name Command Description Phone #

CLR-37 3rd MLG Officer of the Day 080-1794-9634

CLB-4 3rd MLG Officer of the Day 645-3711

CLB-35 3rd MLG Officer of the Day 637-1498\2120

3rd Medical Bn 3rd MLG Officer of the Day 623-4551\4662

9th ESB 3rd MLG Officer of the Day 623-4242

3rd Dental Bn 3rd MLG Officer of the Day 090-6861-4608

Unit Name Command Description Phone #

Headquarters Bn 3rd Mar Div Officer of the Day 622-9609\9626 3rd Recon Bn 3rd Mar Div Officer of the Day 625-2561 4th Marine Regiment 3rd Mar Div Officer of the Day 625-2600\2601 12th Marine Regiment 3rd Mar Div Officer of the Day 623-7355 3rd Bn 12th Marine 3rd Mar Div Officer of the Day 623-7357

CAB 3rd Mar Div Officer of the Day 625-2449\2548

Unit Name Command Description Phone #

MWHS-1 1st MAW Officer of the Day 645-7436

MAG-36 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3020

MALS-36 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3966

MACG-18 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3203

HMH 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3457

HMLA 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3327

HMM-262 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3163

HMM-265 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3033

VMGR-152 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3388

MACG-18 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3203\3426

MACS-4 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3288

MASS2 1st MAW Officer of the Day 636-3706

MATACS-18 1st MAW Officer of the Day 090-6861-4660

MWCS-18 1st MAW Officer of the Day 645-2038\7622

MWSG-17 1st MAW Officer of the Day 645-3042

MWSS-172 1st MAW Officer of the Day 645-7729

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CFAO Officer of the Day 090-9789-9638

USNH Officer of the Day 643-7555

CTF-76 Officer of the Day 622-1633

NMCB Officer of the Day 090-1774-4312

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International Calls (originating outside Japan) to On Base Country Code: 81 Area Code: 611 Specific Exchange/number: 7XX-XXXX

Replace the Xs with the last five numbers of the phone you want to reach. For example if the number in Okinawa is 555-5555, then you would dial 011-81-611-755-5555 (the 011 is the international access code for the U.S.).

International Calls (originating outside Japan) to Off Base Country Code: 81 Area Code: 98 Specific Exchange/number: XXX-XXXX

Replace the Xs with the phone number you want to reach. For example if the number in Okinawa is 555-5555, then you would dial 011-81-98-555-5555 (the 011 is the international access code for the U.S.).

Many military members and families also subscribe to VoIP services such as MagicJack, Vonage, Broad voice, or Skype.

Base Operator Commercial Phone Numbers

If you are off base in Okinawa you must dial the number below followed by the on-base number you are calling.

Note: When you first connect with the base you will hear another dial tone, you can dial the base extension (seven digits) at that time.

Base Operator Phone Numbers

BASE Phone Number

Camp Foster 011-81-611-911-5111

Ft Buckner 011-81-611-911-5111

Camp Kinser 011-81-611-911-5111

MCAS Futenma 011-81-611-911-5111

Naval Hospital Camp Lester 011-81-611-911-5111

Torii Station/Hanza 011-81-611-911-5112 White Beach 011-81-611-911-5112 Camp Courtney 011-81-611-911-5112 Camp Gonsalves 011-81-611-911-5112 Camp Hansen 011-81-611-911-5112 Camp Schwab/Henoko 011-81-611-911-5112

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Camp McTureous 011-81-611-911-5112

Courtney Housing 011-81-611-911-5112

Camp Shields 011-81-611-938-1111

Chibana Housing 011-81-611-938-1111

Kadena Air Base 011-81-611-938-1111

Naha Port 011-81-611-911-5111

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There are nine geographically separated sites that utilize the Community Service Center. Satellite Locations

Satellite

Installation Description Service Location

Camp Courtney Camp Courtney is 21 km north of Camp Foster U.S. Marine Corps

Japan Camp Fuji Camp Fuji is located on Japan main island, which is

1500 km north of Camp Foster

U.S. Marine Corps

Japan Camp Gonsalves Camp Gonsalves is MCB northern training area,

which is 60 km north of Camp Foster.

U.S. Marine Corps

Japan Camp Hansen Camp Hansen is 46 km north of Camp Foster. U.S. Marine

Corps

Japan Camp Kinser Camp Kinser is 14 km south of Camp Foster. U.S. Marine

Corps

Japan Camp Schwab Camp Schwab is 54 km north of Camp Foster. U.S. Marine

Corps

Japan Camp Shields Camp Shields is 8 km north of Camp Foster. U.S. Navy Japan MCAS Futenma MCAS Futenma is 6 km south of Camp Foster. U.S. Marine

Corps

Japan White Beach White Beach is 23 km north of Camp Foster. U.S. Navy Japan

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OKUMA

Located far from the stress of the bases and the work place, Okuma Recreation Area offers the perfect environment for amusement and relaxation. Its recreational possibilities are as endless as the 120 acres of wooded hills it rests on.

Water lovers can boat, sail, water ski, swim or fish, while others can golf, miniature golf, hiking, bicycling, tennis volleyball and a variety of table sports are available for the landlubbers. The glass-bottom boat should suit the romantic-at-heart. In it, you can take your time floating along the coast, while looking through the tranquil blue waves at living coral reefs.

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Schilling Recreating Center at Kadena Air Base are a must. Since payment is required in advance, it's a good idea to make reservations in person.

For those who prefer living closer to the great outdoors, Okuma offers two traditional camping areas -- one for families and one for singles. Registration for the camp sites is available through the on-site manager's office at Okuma.

A restaurant, lounge, indoor theater, small exchange, and even a laundromat are some of the creature comforts this miniature resort contains. Okuma is open daily through the summer season (April 1 - September 15), and Wednesday through Sunday the rest of the year.

WHITE BEACH RECREATION AREA

The Naval Station at White Beach offers a variety of recreational services on-base. Similar to Okuma (see below) on a much smaller scale, White Beach offers cabins and campsites. Reservations are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance.

Bathhouses are conveniently located. Tents, canopies, snorkeling masks and miscellaneous camping gear can be issued on White Beach.

At the Marina you may rent a sailboat if you have a sailing license. In the event that you don't, you can sign up for the boating class right there and obtain you license.

There is a free swimming pool, picnic grounds, as well as a small recreation room, racquetball courts, weight room, tennis courts and softball fields.

There are cabanas on the beach available on a first come, first serve basis. Cottages at Oura Wan Beach, Camp Schwab

Relax in one of six private cottages and experience Ryukyun inspired interiors appointed with queen sized beds, a comfortable living room w/sofa sleeps, a full kitchen and dining room. Enjoy a spectacular view of the ocean and beachside below, and unwind on your private patio complete with a gas barbecue grill. Guest can also rent kayaks, sailboats, windsurfs or charter a boat through Oura Wan Boating.

Recreational activities, both outdoors and indoors, abound on Okinawa.

Regardless of the type of activity you like, whether it's the robust competition of flag football or rugby, a friendly game of bowling, or a leisurely stroll down a sun-beaten path, Okinawa can fill the need.

Type of Activity

Activity Activity

Arts and Crafts Athletics

Auto Hobby Shop Beaches

Bowling Custom Shop

Education Centers Clubs

Entertainment Fitness Centers/Gyms

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Lodges Photo Studio

Ranges Restaurants

Scuba Centers Swimming Pools

Youth Activities Girl and Boy Scouts

Youth Centers Youth Sports

Youth & Teen

The Youth/Teen Centers provide an environment, which encourages preteens/teens 5-18 years of age to socialize, accept responsibility and challenge and to strive to become well-rounded young adults. The center sponsors monthly dances, off-base field trips, a Teen Advisory Board & sporting events. A current monthly calendar of all activities is available at the center.

Youth & Teen Program are an exciting and ever growing part of our community. We have four youth centers and all types of sporting activities offered.

We are always "adding on" to each of our centers to make them more fun. We have a roller hockey rink, tennis court, volleyball court and playground.

MEMBERSHIP

We are open year-round to youth ages 5-18 (*18 accepted if enrolled in high School). To become a member simply sign-up at any Marine Youth/Teen Center. The cost is minimal.

SPORTS

Semper Fit Youth Sports offers a variety of sports programs for youth ages 5-18. Included are: Soccer, basketball, cheerleading, tee ball, baseball and girls softball. We also offer special sporting events and sports clinics throughout the year.

Semper Fit Youth Sports is an official chapter of the National Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) and requires certification of each of our coaches. Our staff of sports professionals are NYSCA Certified Clinicians, and provides NYSCA instruction to every coach to ensure a high standard of instruction and that good sportsmanship is available to all of our participants. SUMMER CAMP

Each summer we offer a weekly day camp program to children 5 (5 yr. old must have attended kindergarten)-12 years of age, as well as a Sports Camp. We contract students from credited universities in the U.S. who are specially trained to run this program. It has been an

overwhelming success and will return again this year! Registrations start in May and run thru August.

CLASSES FOR YOUTH AND TEENS:

Per patron requests; we offer a wide variety of classes. These can include:

Martial Arts: Judo, Tae Kwan Do, Isshin-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu Karate. Gymnastics: (Tiny Tumblers-advanced:) Ages 3-18.

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Dance: (Ballet, Tap & Jazz mix) Ages 2-18. *Check individual centers for current schedule and availability.

Instructors must be 18 years or older.

Watch for details in the issue of MCCS Okinawa Living magazine and the MCCS web page for monthly Special Events.

Special Events

Watch for details in the issue of MCCS Okinawa Living magazine for monthly Special Events. Religious Activities

Area Denominations on/off base

Denomination Denomination Denomination

Baptist Buddhist Catholic

Episcopal Jewish Lutheran

Methodist Mormon Muslim

Nazarene Pentecostal Shinto

USO

The USO welcomes you to Okinawa!

We're not just a cup of coffee anymore. The USO has been proudly serving American military families for over 50 years. The efforts of the USO began in 1941 when FDR insisted that six civilian agencies, which had traditionally provided wartime support to the military, unite to create a new organization. And thus, the USO was born.

Here on Okinawa there are four full service USO Centers. The centers are comfortable and warm, enhanced by an all volunteer staff.

List of entertainment and services offered through your USO Entertainment/Services Entertainment/Services Ikebana Classes - Japanese flower arranging Youth karate classes - 8 to 18 years old Overnight film developing FAX flowers to the U.S.

Massage therapy - one hour of sheer relaxation Custom designed tours for any group

TV/VCR room Extensive paperback book swap library

Resume writing computer with laser printer Copy machine

Stop smoking & weight loss Gifts from around orient International and local telephones MARS gram drop box

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And...a free cup of coffee

There's so much more offered. Stop by anytime to browse or relax. The USO is an excellent source of information regarding island events, tourist attractions, bus schedules, or just a friendly smile.

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Commissary

Defense Commissaries Agency

There are four Commissary on Okinawa.

Location Camp Foster Camp Kinser Camp Courtney Kadena Air Base

The commissary is your only local on base supermarket and stocks thousands items of food and household supplies normally found in a stateside grocery store, as well as some local and other ethnic produce, and packaged foods.

The commissary has a bakery and deli, providing fresh baked goods, sliced meats, salads and catering platters.

Manufacturers' coupons are good for 6 months after the expiration date. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Overseas

The Women, Infants and Children Overseas (WICO) Program was established on Okinawa in February 2001.WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition education program authorized in 1972 by the Child Nutrition Act.

Provides eligible participants with: WICO Provides

Supplemental nutritious food Nutrition counseling and education

Nutrition-health screening Referrals to other health agencies

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Food Stamps are not used in Japan.

Exchange

The Exchange carries a wide variety of merchandise, including:  Clothing

 Shoes  Linens  Luggage

 Cosmetics and beauty aids  Fine jewelry

 Electronics

 Computers & accessories  Audio/video equipment  Cameras

 Greeting cards  Books & magazines

There are AAFES Exchange on all military bases on Okinawa. The AAFES Exchange on Camp Foster has a furniture store. Food Courts

ON BASE DINING

Eating Place Eating Place

Pizza Hut Anthony's Pizza

Subway Dunkin Donuts

Baskin Robbins Popeye's Chicken Captain D's Colter's Bar B-Q Burger King Charley's Steakery

A&W Taco Bell

Cinnabon Club & Restaurant

Machu Wok Macaroni Grill

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Now that you have received orders to Okinawa, you probably have many questions concerning things you will need to know prior to and after your arrival.

One of the most important items to consider is the documentation you will need to have on hand when you arrive.

First, you must have your PCS Orders, Area Clearance and Passports as well as shot records for yourself and all members of your family accompanying you.

Contact your current command immediately to obtain assistance in acquiring these items. Area Clearance

Upon initial receipt of Permanent Change of Station Orders (PCSO) that direct a Marine and his/her family members to any Monitor Command Code (MCC) on Okinawa. Your current Command will submit for Area Clearance approval per the current edition of MCO P1000.6_. This directive provides specific administrative guidance as to the format, contents, and

requirements for the timely submission of Area Clearance requests. Requests must be submitted via the Defense Messaging System (DMS) using the following Plain Language Address (PLA) to: CG MCB CAMP BUTLER JA//G-1A).

Naval personnel assigned with the Marine Corps on Okinawa will submit for Dependent Entry Approval via DMS to: PERSUPP DET OKINAWA KADENA JA//N-1// per the current edition s of NMPCINST 4650.3_ and MCO P1000.6_. Additional information concerning Dependent Entry for Naval personnel maybe directed by calling DSN: 634-9337.

Upon receipt of the Area Clearance request by the Marine Command, Area Clearance approval are provided by naval message authorizing family member entry into Okinawa.

Because of the importance of the approved area clearance to both the Marine executing PCSO to Okinawa, and the Marine assigned sponsor on Okinawa, it is vital that requests be submitted as soon as all family member medical/dental screening are complete and all required obligated service has been obtained.

If the request is received by the approving authority and is incomplete or the Marine does not meet basic criteria for approval, this Command will notify the Marine s parent Command via naval message.

Area Clearance Request Common errors Common Errors

The Marine does not have the required obligated service to complete the 36-month accompanied by family members tour. Each Marine, regardless of grade and or time in service will be required to obtain the necessary obligated service prior to detachment and approval of Area

Clearance. Current edition of MCO P1300.8_ refers. Commands will not detachment Marines that do not qualify for transfer, no exceptions.

Commands do not list all family members traveling to Okinawa on the Area Clearance request. The Marine attempts to obtain an Area Clearance approval for a family member or acquaintance that has not been previously approved by HQMC i.e. grandparents, wards, mothers, fathers, and in-laws.

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The Area Clearance approval provides a vast amount of general information that will be extremely helpful to the Marine and his/her family members upon arrival on Okinawa.

Area Clearance Information includes:

Information Information

Sponsor School info

Pets Housing

Cost of living Medical and dental treatment

Temporary lodging DMO items that may or maybe not be shipped Transportation costs etc.

The Area Clearances is required for Housing, Driver License and Lodging.

For additional information regarding Area Clearances please call DSN: 645-7227 or e-mail (ACSG1@MCBBUTLER.USMC.MIL).

CALLING OKINAWA

The bases on Okinawa are now direct call capable. This method, however, does not apply to off-base housing.

To take advantage of this direct dial, the person placing the call from outside of Japan must start by dialing an international prefix. This prefix for the person calling from the United States is 011. The next set of numbers is used to route the call to the proper telephone exchange which is 81-6117. The final set of numbers are the last six (6) digits of the number you are calling.

If your On Base telephone number in Okinawa is 645-7806, then the person in the U.S. calling would dial 011-81-611-745-7806.

On the other hand, if you are living Off Base and your home phone number is 926-0000, then the person in the U.S. calling would dial 011-81-98-926-0000.

CALLING CAMP FUJI

Person in the U.S. calling would dial 011-81-550-89-6102/6104 and ask the Camp Fuji operator for the extension needed.

POSTAL INFORMATION

Throughout your tour on Okinawa, postal services will be of significant importance to you. The following information is a guide to assist you in understanding the capabilities of the overseas U.S. Mail system so that you may use the postal services provided to your best advantage. Your mailing address is the most important factor for you to receive timely and efficient mail services. Your correspondents and publishers must have your complete and correct mailing

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address in order for you to receive mail in a timely manner.

Personnel serving on accompanied tours qualify for a post office box, while those here on unaccompanied tours will receive their mail through their assigned units' mailroom. If you are on an accompanied tour, send a copy of your orders and area clearance to your sponsor as soon as possible so that the sponsor can arrange for your post office box. You should advise your local post office as well as relatives and companies with whom you do business of this new address.

When checking out of a mailroom or at your serving post office, ensure that one Change of Address Card is sent to your gaining command. Be sure to include the estimated date of arrival. Upon arrival, you should personally check-in with your new command's mailroom. By doing so, you will ensure that all appropriate mail handling activities will have a record of your present and current location.

Mail service here on Okinawa is relatively consistent; you can expect to receive your letter mail, on the average, in 6-7 days. Parcels mailed Priority or First-Class arrive in approximately the same time. Parcels mailed Space Available Mail (SAM) or Parcel AirLift (PAL) average 12-15 days. Surface mail, which is Parcel Post or Third Class and Fourth Class is transported by ship with transit times between 45-60 days.

FIREARMS (MAR COR BASES JAPAN 5500.2C)

 Firearms - Any item that expels a projectile by use of an explosive device or any part of such device.

 US Forces personnel who meet the requirements of Japanese law may only import or purchase and register in Japan the following types of privately owned weapons. However, importation and possession of rifles and target pistols is strongly discouraged.

o Shotgun, air or gas operated rifles, and sporting rifles for hunting, skeet and/or trap shooting. (USFJPL 125-8, Hunting License in Japan, provides specific guidance.)

o Rifles for target shooting NO PISTOLS OR HANDGUNS. Possession of target

rifles is permitted only for members of official competition teams formally registered and approved by US military and Japanese government agencies. o Target pistols. Handgun importation, possession and ownership in Japan, with

the exception of target pistols or starter pistols.

o U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ) members are NOT AUTHORIZED to import or possess handguns in Japan.

o ADVANCE APPROVAL is required from the gaining installation before shipping any FIREARM into Japan.

o Approval to import or possess a target pistol will only be granted to members of official competition teams formally registered and approved by US military and Japanese government agencies.

 Minors: Under Japanese law, persons under 20 years of age are prohibited from using, purchasing, acquiring, possessing, retaining, carrying or registering weapons, firearms, ammunition and dangerous instruments.

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 Ammunition. Japanese law is strict regarding the possession of ammunition as it is with weapons in general.

a. The possession of ammunition off-base requires permits issued by both US military and local government authorities.

b. In all other instances, ammunition must be stored in authorized on-base storage facilities as designated by the commanders concerned.

c. Sale or transfer of ammunition to Japanese or third country nationals is strictly prohibited.

Current Japan law prohibits any firearm from being included in household goods

shipment. Personnel must mail authorized personal firearms via US Postal System.

For further information on this subject go to your local Traffic Management Office and read the ENTIRE section of the Personal Property Consignment Instruction Guide VOL II - Overseas on the shipment of Privately Owned Firearms into Japan.

KNIVES (MAR COR BASES JAPAN 5500.2C)

Prohibited Knives - switchblade, spring release or butterfly regardless of blade length (functional or display).

Restricted Knives of the pocket or sheath type with blades longer than two and three eighths (2-3/8) inches.

It is illegal to carry any knife over 2 3/8 " on your person unless duty issued to the member for use in training exercises or in the field. All knives must be registered with the Provost Marshals Office, Customs Office.

ILLEGAL DRUGS

When it comes to illegal drugs, the Japanese have created extremely harsh and unsympathetic laws. They're especially tough on anyone who smuggles them into the island. In a nutshell, "Don't mess with drugs."

There's no difference between the illegal drugs here and those in the states.

A product that is legally sold on Okinawa, but illegal for Americans to purchase and use is medicine containing codeine. Also regular Vicks Nasal Inhalers are illegal in Japan, however, Vicks Nasal Inhalers with a red triangle are permitted.

The red triangle denotes that the restricted chemical has not been included therefore making it importable.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

As a military member, you are not required to carry a passport for travel into Okinawa, but you may wish to purchase one at your own expense for leave travel. Your family members, however, must have a valid passport. Passports issued to parents that include their children may pose a problem if an emergency or medical evacuation arises. It would be wise to get each child a separate passport or visa.

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dependents, you should report to your administrative section and obtain a dependents' passport application and photo request. When traveling by commercial flights, you can use a tourist passport and a visa is not required. These requirements are subject to change, so check with your admin office.

If you plan on visiting other countries such as Korea, China, Thailand, etc be sure you have the proper re-entry visa stamped in your passport. This visa stamp is obtainable at Passport office, Customs office at the Provost Marshals Office at Camp Foster and PSD at Kadena Air Base for Sailors.

JAPANESE PASSPORT HOLDER

If you have a family member that is a Japanese Passport holder please be aware when flying commercially into Japan, customs and immigration will be separate lines within the same

Commercial terminal. However, if you are arriving on an AMC flight, via Kadena Air Base, family members with Japanese passports cannot be processed at the Air Base Terminal. They will be transported to the Japanese Customs Office outside Kadena Gate 2. Upon completion at the customs office they will be return to the AMC terminal.

PORNOGRAPHY

Pornography is strongly monitored. You can't import or export obscene videotapes, movies, books, drawings, carvings or any other pornographic articles.

MONEY

On Okinawa, the yen is the national monetary unit. As this information was being compiled, one dollar was worth about 78 to 90 yen. The rate has been changing so often that this figure could change drastically in either direction before or after you arrive.

With the weakening of the dollar, prices off-base have become increasingly more costly. To eat in a first class restaurant off-base will cost an average of $100 for two people. Fortunately, there are eateries off-base that still give a favorable yen rate, keeping prices affordable. MCCS also has a good selection of base restaurants to choose from at U.S. prices.

Major units of Japanese currency

Yen Coins Yen Bills

1 1,000 5 2,000 10 5,000 50 10,000 100 500

It is advisable that you keep some Japanese currency available at all times.

Don't let the strong yen scare you from venturing off-base. Military members stationed in Japan receive a cost of living allowance (COLA) that helps make up for the falling dollar. Of course, you

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